What Happens to Your Body Past 40?
When you reach your 40s, you may seem to notice a lot more changes in your body and health. Optimal physical and psychological health is determined largely by our hormones.
Testosterone is the essence of masculinity
How bad can lower testosterone be? Environment, inactive lifestyles, diet and exposure to certain chemicals can prevent testosterone production, causing men to lose virility faster than ever before. Results of low testosterone include:
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain around the abdomen
- Difficulty in keeping or gaining lean muscle mass
- Mood swings
Get your hormone level tested to see if you are at a normal level. As we reach middle age, more testosterone is converted to estrogen and men start having estrogen-like effects. Like becoming physically softer, more emotional, and weaker! Low testosterone can also cause degenerative diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and hypertension to name just a few.
Losing hair, muscle, libido, and strength is not exactly an exciting prospect for a man. Luckily, there is more research being done on this subject and it turns out there are steps you can take to slow down or even reverse the process in some cases.
What you can do to maintain healthy hormone levels
- Get enough sleep
- Testosterone rises while sleeping, 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep should do the trick.
- Lower stress level = lower testosterone level
- Avoid Soy
- Soy increases Estrogen and decreases your Testosterone. It also lowers your sperm count!
- Avoid plastics
- Chemicals you find in most plastics are full of chemical estrogen. Avoid drinks from plastic bottles unless there is a specification that it is BPA Free. Do not reheat food or drinks in plastic containers.
- Stop smoking
- Nicotine and cotinine inhibit testosterone production.
- Reduce carb intake
- Focus on protein, healthy fats, and lots of vegetables.
- Weight training
- Focus on compound exercises like squats and deadlifts.
- Increase intake of Branch Chain Amino Acids
- Whey protein, dairy products, and meats are good natural sources of BCAA’s.
- Eat foods high in zinc
- Like seafood, beef, chicken, nuts, seeds, spinach, beans, cocoa, and mushrooms. If you decide to supplement with zinc, the maximum daily dosage for adults is 40 mg a day.
- Increase your vitamin D intake
- Expose skin to sunlight but don’t get burnt! Or you can supplement with vitamin D3. 8000 IUs is the recommended dosage for adults per day.